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Apply to UNC Honors Program!

Entering High School Seniors

Incoming first year students are urged to apply to join the Honors Interdisciplinary Program as incoming freshmen at the same time as they are applying to admission to UNC, but students may apply after they are also students at UNC as late as the sophomore year. Students entering UNC directly from High School, regardless of the number of college credit hours already earned, should begin their first semester at UNC in the Honors Interdisciplinary Program.

Transfer and Current UNC Student applicants

If the applicant is transferring fewer than 45 credit hours, they should apply for the Honors Interdisciplinary Program - Link at the bottom of this page.  If the transfer or current UNC student has earned more than 45 credit hours, they may apply for the Upper Division Honors Program.   Learn about Upper Division Program here!

Qualifying Criteria

Successful applicants must demonstrate intellectual curiosity, a willingness to ask challenging questions, an interest in exploring their world, and/or a desire to create new ways of doing things.  No specific minimum standardized test scores nor minimum GPA is required, however it is recommended that students have a minimum of 3.25 GPA (high school or college GPA), unless there are extenuating circumstances, which should be explained in the short answer questions on the Application. 


The Honors Application has a rolling deadline that follows this timeline.

December 1st

Spring Semester Applications:

For transfer students and current UNC students. 

December 1st

Fall Applications:
Early deadline High School Seniors:

For the best chance to receive Honors Scholarships.

March 1st

Fall Priority deadline High School Seniors:

Receive priority review and acceptance into Honors. Deadline for students who would like to live in the Honors Residential Learning Community (Lujan Hall).

May 1st

Fall Current UNC & Transfer Student Preferred deadline:

If you are a current UNC student or transferring from another college or university, please apply by April 1 in order to have the best opportunity to enroll in honors courses in Fall. 

August 1

Fall Applications are accepted throughout the summer:

Acceptances are granted for highly qualified students on a space available basis. LAST CHANCE by August 1.

The Application

We recommend that you draft your answers to the questions in a separate document, and then copy and paste the answers into the application answer blocks. 

The Honors application requires you to answer 3 questions. The three questions are as follows:

  1. How do you spend your time outside of formal classroom learning?  What are your favorite or most important activities, jobs, hobbies and/or organizations, and why have you chosen these activities? (300 words or less)
  2. How would you define yourself as a person in the world, and why you have chosen to be that person. Please describe any special circumstances, obstacles, or other defining features of your life that impact who you are as a person. (500 words or less)
  3. Please name one book or film/movie that you have read or viewed lately that made you stop and think, and that you were NOT required to read or watch as part of a high school course. Explain what the book/movie made you think about and discuss the impact of the book/movie on your developing thoughts about the world you live within. (500 words or less).

Apply to Honors using your
UNC Application Portal in "Slate"

Alternate Honors Application Link
(if you can't access the Application
via your UNC App).